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Edna Lumb exhibition opens to mark Leeds college milestone

Edna Lumb at work in the Covent Garden Flower Marker conversion Image copyright Jennifer Beeston
Image caption Edna Lumb studied at Leeds College of Art between 1948 and 1953

An exhibition of work by industrial artist Edna Lumb has opened as part of Leeds College of Art's 170th anniversary celebrations.

The show, entitled "Industrious Pioneer", includes paintings of Horsforth Quarry, Salts Mill in Saltaire and Leeds market.

Lumb, who studied at Leeds College from 1948 to 1953, said industrial landscape "fascinated me and brought a sparkle to my eye".

The show runs until 11 March.

Image copyright Edna Lumb/Anne Wyman
Image caption Horsforth Quarry features in the exhibition
Image copyright Edna Lumb/Anne Wyman
Image caption Industrial landscape "fascinated" the artist, who painted the Salts Mill in Saltaire in 1980

A spokesman for Leeds College of Art said: "Her work stands as one of the most successful observations of British urban and industrial life with engines, pylons, quarries, cooling towers, bridges, pit-heads, market places and wheels her perpetual subjects.

"The exhibition offers a celebration of Edna Lumb's career and reassessment of her pioneering output as an artist of industrial Northern landscapes."

Image copyright Edna Lumb/Chris Renton
Image caption A painting of Sandpit, near Leeds, done by Lumb in 1962
Image copyright Edna Lumb/Chris Renton
Image caption Horsforth Quarry, painted in 1962, also makes up part of the exhibition

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